Florence used to make the daily commute from her home in Brooklyn across the East River into the canyons of Manhattan for her job as a secretary in a law firm, but that was before she lost her job in a cutback. Those days are behind her now but like most tough-minded people who’ve had to deal with job-loss, she perseveres.
“I am retired,” reports this proud resident of one of the most densely populated places on earth. “I grew up in Brooklyn. I’m a Brooklyn girl through and through,” Florence says, her distinctive Brooklyn accent conveying the same meaning as her words themselves.
“I live with my 43-year-old son and I really don’t work anymore. The only extra work that I do is I dog-sit for a family when they go away. I used to have two or three jobs since I lost my job back in 2013. I just ended up retiring four years earlier than I had planned.”
She shares some more truth about herself. “It hasn’t been easy at times, but with what was dealt with, to me, I persevered and I’m a strong person. I have to attribute a lot of that to my faith,” she says.
“God is very important in my life,” she continues. “I was raised well, to be a decent person. I would say it’s wonderful to be getting on in age and being able to look back and say that I’ve done my best to live a good life.”
Predictably, Florence has always enjoyed walking all around her Brooklyn neighborhood, including her twice daily spins with her two Bichon Frise dogs. “They’re senior citizens like myself. One is 14, and one is 13, and I rescued them 2016. Before the pandemic I was walking the dogs twice a day, even though I have a backyard here where they can go out, they were used to being walked, and I like to walk. I walk to church, it’s only three blocks away. I mean, it’s not like being someplace like out in Montana. We’ve got everything you need right down the street, like the drug store, you can walk there.”
In 2020, Florence reports, she began noticing something that concerned her.
“I felt like, what’s wrong with me. I’m forgetting things. I have a pretty sharp mind, at least I thought I did, and I kept forgetting things. I would see these commercials and I would say to my best friend I really think I need to try Prevagen, and after like two months, I noticed that I was more cognitive and remembering things.”
Since she’s been using Prevagen, some people in her life have noticed.
“One of my closest friends will ask me if I remembered something. And I’ll say, yeah I do, and she’ll start to tell me something about that and I will remind her that we already had this conversation before.”
Which is just another good thing to know about this Brooklyn girl. She’s not apt to get lost out walking the neighborhood…she remembers the way back home.